The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

The Eternal White Guilt Trip

Mark Bauerlein in American Greatness: “The deliberate national penance that most Germans take for granted offers a striking contrast with the ways American have confronted their own national crimes.” That’s a line from an article last month in The Atlantic. The article focuses on a supposedly sad divergence: while Germans have fully acknowledged their responsibility for […]

Eighteen Years Ago Today

  My wife woke me up and handed me the phone. My brother Kirby was calling: “Stacy, it’s terrorism. They hit the World Trade Center.” What the hell? I was an assistant news editor at The Washington Times, and my workday didn’t usually begin this early, especially on a Monday* after I’d worked the late […]

Hey, Kids: Communism Isn’t Cool

Why do so many young Americans hate their own country? Why does Hasan Piker think himself clever for obscenely smearing Dan Crenshaw as a warmongering tool of the “military industrial complex”? I blame Communism. In fact, I blame one particular Communist, Howard Zinn. When the FBI file on his Stalin-era association with the CPUSA was […]

‘Avenge the Patriotic Gore That Flecked the Streets of Baltimore’

During the Civil War, the Lincoln administration suppressed civil liberties in Maryland, where anti-war “Copperhead” Democrats were a majority. Both freedom of the press and the right of habeas corpus were denied to Lincoln’s opponents in Maryland and in April 1861, less than a week after the surrender of Fort Sumter, there was a riot […]

Forgotten History for a Sunday in July

  Most Americans have never heard of the Battle of Kettle Creek, fought in Wilkes County, Georgia, in February 1779. The British had captured Savannah two months earlier, and in January moved upriver to take Augusta. The British began recruiting and arming local Tories. By February, Lt. Col. John Boyd led a force of about […]

History as Heritage and Legacy (and Something I Learned About My Parents)

  Who are those good-looking young people? That’s my mother and father, as students at the University of Alabama circa 1950. Dad was a World War II veteran attending on the G.I. Bill, and I’m not sure if he met my mother in Tuscaloosa, or if she started going there after he married her. Both […]

Happy Fourth of July, You Fascists!

  The Democrats are now a party of paranoid conspiracy theorists: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said in a new interview that she believes the United States is heading in a fascist direction under President Trump. “Are we headed to fascism? Yes. I don’t think there’s a question,” Ocasio-Cortez told Yahoo News earlier this week after […]

‘Godless Commies!’

  Ed Driscoll last week called attention to an essay by Harry Stein about the continuing relevance of Eugene Lyons’s 1941 book The Red Decade because of its eerie parallels to the Stalinist tendencies of the 21st-century Left. A complete and cynical dishonesty was one of the hallmarks of Stalin-era Communism, as the Soviet regime […]

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